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Newcastle Jets Westfield W-League midfielder, Chloe Logarzo, is at home recovering after her surgery for a severe ankle injury sustained whilst overseas playing for Swedish club, Eskilstuna United.
Logarzo returned to Adelaide to consult with Westfield Matildas specialist Dr James Ilic where she underwent exploratory key hole surgery to determine the extent of the injury.
During the procedure, doctors confirmed that she had torn an ankle ligament and a band was then used to repair the injury.
Doctors have estimated Logarzo’s recovery time will be an 8-week minimum, including four weeks in a non-weight bearing boot, followed by a further two weeks with a weighted boot before then being able to start on any form of rehabilitation.
The determined 21-year-old has lost none of her commitment or optimism, indicating that she still has her sights set on getting some game time with the Jets, if the girls get into a finals berth.
“I am going to move back to Newcastle and start my rehab there when I am able to,” Logarzo said from her Sydney base.
“I just really wanted to have a good season back with the team after how far we came last year. Hopefully this year pays off with all the hard work that the girls and Deansy have put into the team.”
“The girls are doing so well already this season, they need to keep doing what they are doing and I am hoping to catch up and be able to play with them in the finals.”
“It was so hard for me to watch the games overseas but I had been talking to Deansy about every game and he’s been keeping me updated. I’ll be coming to the home game next weekend against Sydney to watch the girls and support them from the sideline,” she said.
Head Coach Craig Deans, whilst buoyed by Logarzo’s enthusiasm, won’t be rushing any recovery efforts.
“Chloe is super fit, which is a big plus on her side to aid in her recovery,” Deans said.
“I have no doubt that this fitness will see her bounce back much quicker but at 21, Chloe has a lengthy career ahead of her and the most important thing now is ensuring that the recovery is as effective as possible for her long-term health. So, we’ll support her as a team where we can both physically and mentally throughout this initial recovery period,” Deans concluded.